Urban planners are encouraged to make interventions that only raise land and property values—even when they’re trying to do something entirely different. This contradiction is at the heart of what author Samuel Stein calls the real estate state.
After development of Masdar was halted in 2011, the world’s first zero-carbon city was prounounced a failure by the media—as the first green ghost town. Anthropologist Gökçe Günel wanted to understand what else was happening there.
Ildefons Cerdà coined the term “urbanization” in the 1860s. Architect and historian Ross Exo Adams takes the Spanish engineer’s writings as a starting point to tell a much longer story of the relationship between circulation and power.
If modernity was driven by illness, then modern architecture presented itself as the perfect cure. Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina traces the relationship between a new kind of medical image and a new kind of space.
Social media has penetrated every aspect of our lives, yet no amount swiping or liking seems to satisfy us. Media theorist and internet critic Geert Lovink tries to overcome the deadlock of platform capitalism.
Tracing the change in scope of political responsibility in Botswana amidst unchecked development, anthropologist Julie Livingston offers an urgent parable for understanding the world as a web of relationships that condense past, present, and future.